'Straight Outta Compton' Debuts With Huge Opening, While 'U.N.C.L.E' disappoints!!

By Matt O'Bryant

What's up guys and gals,

Welcome back to our Weekend Box Office Report here at ECMG.

Universal's Straight Outta Compton won the box office battle this weekend bringing in an amazing $56.1 million.  The biopic about rap group N.W.A debut is now the biggest ever August opening for an R-rated movie, surpassing American Pie 2.

"The movie tapped into something in our culture and that made it more of a must-see," said Phil Contrino, vice president and chief analyst at BoxOffice.com

In second place is Paramount's Mission: Impossible Rogue Nation continued its huge success in its third weekend of release bringing in another $17 million, the Tom Cruise vehicle has now brought in a huge $138.1 million domestically.

Warner Brothers' The Man From U.N.C.L.E. debuted in third place this weekend with a lower than expected $13.5 million.  The stylish big screen adaptation of the popular 1960's television show will need to make up a lot of ground overseas considering the hefty $75 million production budget.  This is yet another disappointment for stars Armie Hammer and Henry Cavill, when not playing superman Cavill has not been a box office draw.  Armie Hammer may not get another leading man role of this size, after the insane flop that was 2013's The Lone Ranger and now U.N.C.L.E.

Fox's Fantastic Four reboot continues to be one of the worst flops of all dropping a horrendous 70% in its second weekend, bringing in a lowly $8 million.  The film has only brought in around $42 million domestically on a production budget of $120 million plus.

Rounding out the top five this weekend was STX Entertainment's The Gift bringing in another $6.5, pushing its domestic total to a nice $23.6 million.  That amount may not seem like much compared to other films, but the low budget thriller was made for less than $20 million.  The Joel Edgerton's directed film will most likely have long legs due to such high critical praise and extremely good word of mouth.

Well that's it for this weekend's Box Office report, see everyone back here next week, thanks for stopping by.